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Want to know do vitamin supplements actually work?

Want to know do vitamin supplements actually work?

Vitamin deficiency: Eating a diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables lowers the risk of any vitamin deficiency. Poor diet, repetitive diet, and disease can create vitamin deficiency. Multivitamin is an insurance policy for most and may help prevent nutritional deficiencies. ...Read more

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Do vitamin supplements work better when taken before a meal?

Do vitamin supplements work better when taken before a meal?

Take with meal: Most nutrients are better absorbed with a full meal, although there are exceptions. For larger doses, better absorption is obtained by dividing the dose throughout the day rather than taking one big dose at once. ...Read more

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I've seen vitamin supplements marketed as "stress formula" - usually w/higher doses of B vitamins. Are these safe to use and do they work for stress?

I've seen vitamin supplements marketed as "stress formula" - usually w/higher doses of B vitamins. Are these safe to use and do they work for stress?

Don't waste money!: There is so much false hype in marketing vitamins. No vitamins will have any effect on stress. If you eat a normal diet and not pregnant, you probably don't need vitamin supplements. But if you feel you might benefit, choose the cheapest multivitamin on the shelf and ignore claims like stress reduction, improved energy, immune system boosting, etc. ...Read more

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Can vitamin supplements work better when taken after a meal?

Can vitamin supplements work better when taken after a meal?

See details: It does not matter to a significant extent although some such as vitamin d are absorbed better when taken with food. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take emergen-c while pregnant? I work with special needs kids who are always sick and I don't want to catch anything!!

Is it safe to take emergen-c while pregnant? I work with special needs kids who are always sick and I don't want to catch anything!!

Yes: Over the counter vitamins are likely okay, though some herbs can be dangerous. Emergen-C is mostly Vitamin C and echinacea, which are largely harmless. You don't want to overdo it, and make sure your OB is aware you're taking it. One, to make sure it is safe for you, since I don't have your history, and two, to make sure they dont' give you anything that might interact with it. ...Read more

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Taking supplement like Airborne and Emergen-C packets recommended for additional vitamins? Roommates think it's waste of money and doesn't work.

Taking supplement like Airborne and Emergen-C packets recommended for additional vitamins? Roommates think it's waste of money and doesn't work.

Save some money: Additional vitamin supplements available to consumers have not been proven to help normal people who are getting plenty of vitamins from their balanced diets (plus an inexpensive one-a-day multivitamin), and who aren't deficient in a vitamin. But, life is very subjective, so if a person believes he is helping himself by buying a second or third daily dose of vitamins, he may "feel even better". ...Read more

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Do vitamin C supplements work (emergen-c, airborne, etc) the reason I'm asking is because I get sick a lot thank you?

Do vitamin C supplements work (emergen-c, airborne, etc) the reason I'm asking is because I get sick a lot thank you?

Not a cure-all: Vitamin c supplements may be of some benefit in conjunction with healthy lifestyle, infection avoidance, and getting blessed with good genes in the first place. Even my colleagues here who are interested in and supportive of supplements in general will agree with me that health doesn't come from a pill bottle (pricey fizzy drinks, etc). Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the best vitamin supplements?

What are the best vitamin supplements?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Is it actually necessary to take vitamin supplements?

Is it actually necessary to take vitamin supplements?

Possibly: Vitamins by definition are vital elements of our bodies building blocks that we do not make. We can extract many from dietary intake and others as supplements. Those following a well balanced and diverse diet need fewer supplements than those on a narrow or restricted diet. In the us it is hard to find foods that don't have various vitamin fortifiers added. We usually eliminate any excess daily. ...Read more

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I'm a college student so I do not eat very healthily. What types of vitamin/supplements are best? Right now I take biotin, vit-c, and garlic.

I'm a college student so I do not eat very healthily. What types of vitamin/supplements are best? Right now I take biotin, vit-c, and garlic.

Prenatal MVI (multivitamin): The best advice would be to adjust your eating habit. Try to eat better and healthier. Increase vegetable and fruits. In addition, since you are at child bearing age- you should take prenatal multivitamin and also don't forget to take calcium daily (daily recommendation is 1200-1500mg/day) as you are at the peak age where your body will absorp those calcium supplement effectively. ...Read more

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Hi doc I have vitiligo my doc suggest me vitamin b complex n clobetasol n protonic oint. Is vitamin supplements r enough for vitiligo. B/c I m brfeedi?

Hi doc I have vitiligo my doc suggest me vitamin b complex n clobetasol n protonic oint. Is vitamin supplements r enough for vitiligo. B/c I m brfeedi?

Vitiligo: Please go online to MAYO CLINIC and search for Vitiligo. You will find an easy to understand the "Diseases and Conditions"
Of importance, vitamin B complex is not what you need - vitamin D is what is needed.
Please let me know if you still have some concerns about your skin. ...Read more

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Should kids take vitamin supplements?

Should kids take vitamin supplements?

No: A balanced diet will take care of vitamin requirements. Vitamin supplements would be a waste of money. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on vitamin supplements?

Yes: Certain vitamins, particularly the fat soluble ones, a, d, e, and k can reach toxic levels if you take too much. The other vitamins can cause other health problems, such as increasing risk for cancer, if taken in very high doses. ...Read more

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How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

How effective are daily vitamin supplements?

Not at all: If you don't have a deficiency, supplements offer no benefit and according to some recent studies may actually cause harm. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports article on the dangers of taking vitamin supplements. The only way to know if you have a deficiency is to be tested for it. See your doctor to discuss test options. ...Read more

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Do vitamin supplements make you gain weight?

Do vitamin supplements make you gain weight?

No: Vitamins have no significant calorie content so a contribution to weight gain would not be a direct effect. Some supplements may trigger your appetite and have a secondary effect on your eating habits, thus contributing to weight gain. ...Read more

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What are some good vitamin supplements to take?

What are some good vitamin supplements to take?

None: If you don't have a deficiency, supplements offer no benefit and according to some recent studies may actually cause harm. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports article on the dangers of taking vitamin supplements. The only way to know if you have a deficiency is to be tested for it. See your doctor to discuss test options. ...Read more

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Which type of vitamin supplements should I take?

Which type of vitamin supplements should I take?

Need more info: Recommendations differ depending on your health status, gender, age, and goals, etc. You have shared nothing about your diet, goals, or current status. So, your best bet would be to consult a physician skilled in nutrition and integrative medicine. You can find one through american board of integrative holistic medicine: http://www. Abihm. Org/ at the very least, most need a good multivitamin. ...Read more

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Aren't too many vitamin supplements bad for you?

Aren't too many vitamin supplements bad for you?

Yes: Too much of a vitamin may be toxic to the liver and nervous system (peripheral). Always take vitamin supplements under the direction of a physician who will give the right guidance. ...Read more

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Which vitamin supplements should a young woman take?

Which vitamin supplements should a young woman take?

YOUR DIET: If your diet is adequate and reasonable, why would you need vitamines? Look up "mediterranean diet" as an example of healthy eating. ...Read more

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Is there any actual benefit to taking vitamin supplements?

Is there any actual benefit to taking vitamin supplements?

Absolutely: First of all our soils are depleted and no longer contain the same nutrients that were available to us as little as 30 yr ago. To further complicate matters we are a "processed food" society. The more you process a food the more nutrients you deplete. Then there is the issue of over cooking the processed foods. We are eating essentially "dead food". This makes supplementation critical for health. ...Read more

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Can there be evidence that vitamin supplements are bad for you?

Can there be evidence that vitamin supplements are bad for you?

Only rarely: In general vitamins are very safe but too much of some can be dangerous- particularly vit a, e, d & b6 but in general one has to take extremely high doses for a long time to become toxic. There is evidence that taking synthetic e is harmful so only take natural e. Also potential dangers of taking high doses of an individual supplement like beta carotene without synergistic nutrients. See comment:. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are essential vitamin supplements for women to take?

Could you tell me what are essential vitamin supplements for women to take?

Healthy diet: A well-balanced healthy diet is sufficient unless there is an underlying disorder. Low vitamin d is being seen more and more due to doctor's checking the levels more often as well as due to changes in its reference range. The d3 formulation is suggested if low. Things such as iron and calcium may be needed but these are not considered vitamins. ...Read more

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What can happen if I took over 2x the necessary amount of vitamin supplements?

What can happen if I took over 2x the necessary amount of vitamin supplements?

Optima health: Taking twice the amount of vitamins over the rda can actually bring you optimal health. The rda or minimum requirement was established during ww ii to prevent deficiency disorders such as scurvy for vitamin c and rickett's for vitami d3. However, these same vitamins at higher concentrations can actually be used to promote optimal health. Higher doses of vit d decreases the risk of colon cancer. ...Read more

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Are raw plants derived vitamin supplements as effective as synthetic vitamin ones?

Are raw plants derived vitamin supplements as effective as synthetic vitamin ones?

Chemistry: Any thing, vitamin, drug, rock, is a chemical substance with a distinct structure That structure can occur naturally or be made in a lab or factory. Vitamin C is still Vitamin C. However, taking vitamins does not seem to make up for a bad diet lacking in fruits and veggies. It is better to get vitamins in the proper foods because more than the just adequate vitamin intake is involved in fitness. ...Read more